Welcome to Gordano Valley Archers

f23811c99d03543abe9480cf6.jpgWe are a very open and friendly Archery Club based on the edge of the Gordano Valley at The Downs School in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Our vision is to promote and develop the sport of archery and to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We aim to achieve this by ensuring we have a highly motivated and professional team of coaches and officials dedicated to the principles of equitable practice.

The club is committed to providing archery as an all inclusive sport and actively promotes the sport as a Triple A sport for all the family. Triple A = All Ability Archery.

We shoot throughout the year on Sundays at our ground as well as having an indoor facility from October to March that we use on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the weather does not permit outdoor shooting.

Shooting times are:

Sundays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

10:00 to 12.30—beginners and club shoot. Indoor range available 9.30 to 12.00 for beginners and juniors initially then if there is space seniors can use the indoor facility.

13.00 to end of shoot—main club shoot (Members Only)

Mondays (@ Worle) 58 New Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 6AQ

17:30 to 21:00 Beginner, Novice, Intermediate or Experienced archers welcomed

Wednesdays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

18.15 to 21.30 indoors—main club shoot (Members Only)

Saturdays St Bede’s Catholic College, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol BS11 0SU

13:30 to 15:30 Beginner, Novice, Intermediate or Experienced archers welcomed

Please note for safety we do not allow all carbon arrows to be used on our outdoor ranges.

SCAA Junior Indoor Championship 2015

Congratulations to Josh Smith and Marco Costanza who won their respective categories in the Somerset Indoor on Sunday 15th November 2015.

Josh & Marco with the Chairman of Somerset County Archery Association
Josh & Marco with the Chairman of Somerset County Archery Association

Josh (U14 Recurve) and Marco (U12 Recurve) remained focussed and determined despite some tough competition. All their hard work paid off as they both set new County Records.

Josh continues to improve and his latest title follows his success at the GWAS Regional Indoor Championship where he took the U14 Recurve. Marco was also successful at the GWAS Indoor finishing a very close second in the U12 Recurve.

Both Josh and Marco are regular attenders of the club’s development programme held on a Saturday morning at St Bedes Catholic College and it is clear that the hard work they are putting in during these sessions are paying off.

The club’s senior coach, who was present at the tournament praised both boys and said “they are a real credit to the club and the sport. They both work hard and remain focussed but still retain the sense of fun in the sport. The club is very proud of their achievements and we hope they continue to improve”.

SCAA Junior Championship 2015


Despite a cloudy day the club was proudly represented at the Somerset County Junior Championships on Sunday 14th June 2015 by Hannah Cole, Josh Smith and Marco Costanza.

The championship was held in the grounds of Dunster Castle as part of the 60th year of archery competition taking place at this most iconic of venues. And what a great start to a full week of archery competition!

Josh, Hannah and Marco at the SCAA Junior Championship - June 2015

Josh, Hannah and Marco at the SCAA Junior Championship – June 2015

Josh Smith, shooting in his first competitive Bristol 3 Recurve competition took first place with a score of 937 (143 hits, 41 golds). He also claimed a Black Junior Rose Award for scoring over 900 points. Josh was awarded the SCAA Wellington Cup.

Marco Costanza, also shooting in his first competitive Bristol 4 won the Under 12 Recurve with an impressive 1,102 (144 hits, 73 golds). Marco score earned him the Red Junior Rose Award and he also claimed a 6 Gold End Award. Marco’s score was also the highest overall boys recurve score. Marco was awarded the SCAA Target Cup.

Hannah Cole, finished second to Jade Pocock of Bath Archers in a very tight contest. despite having not been well for several weeks leading up to the competition Hannah scored 1,062 (144 hits, 55 golds) in the Bristol 3.

Our congratulations go to all three archers.

Important Note: Juniors wishing to improve their archery are welcome to join Josh, Hannah and Marco at the club’s junior development squad sessions held at St Bedes Catholic College, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol BS11 0SU every Saturday morning starting at 10am

Sunday 21st June 2015

Important Notice

There will be no member shooting on this Sunday due to the annual Staff vs Parents cricket match at the school.

However, there will still be taster sessions and beginner course sessions in the morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm

5 + 5 = Perfect 10

Gordano Valley Archers are celebrating the achievements of its two youngest archers this week.

Three years ago the club introduced the FITA Beginner Award Scheme to help its junior members monitor their progress and development. The scheme is recognised by ArcheryGB and World Archery and its successful introduction into club archery has seen many junior archers achieving one of the 7 progressive levels.20150226_194820[1]

In a recent assessment session held at the Weston College Sports Hall in the main campus Tabitha Hudson (pictured left) and Ruby Blake achieved the entry level known as the RED Feather. To achieve the standard both girls had to hit the target a minimum of 12 out of 15 times as well as demonstrating safety awareness and good technique. Both girls passed with flying colours. A remarkable achievement as both girls are only 5.

Lead Coach, Paul Maines said “both girls are a real credit to the sport. They work hard, listen to the coaches and are always willing to learn. In the time they have been coming to the sessions they have made remarkable progress and if they continue with the sport they are both showing signs of being very good archers. They are a pleasure to coach and always work hard with a smile to match”.

If you are interested in taking up archery Gordano Valley Archers hold sessions at Weston College, Knightstone Campus on a Thursday night (6.30pm to 8.30pm) in the sports hall and on a Monday night at the @Worle Leisure Centre (5.30pm to 9.00pm) on a Thursday night.

St David Day Shoot

On Sunday 1st March 2015 the second round of the All Saints Champion competition will take place at the ground. Due to the numbers participating the competition Welsh Daffodilwill be held over two sessions – session 1 in the morning and session 2 will take place in the afternoon.

Full details of the shoot and member application form is in the members’ area.

There will be no beginner course or taster session for this Sunday.


The Somerset County Archery Association Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at the Wells Sports Ground Pavillion, commencing at 8pm.

All members of the association are cordially invited to attend, and discuss the running of your association. The agenda is available to download here.

This is also an opportunity to elect the officers you wish to represent and manage the Association on your behalf. Make your vote count!

St Valentine Day Shoot

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the inaugural St Valentine Day shoot. Although this was a fun competition the shooting was of a high standard and many new club records were set as well as many new personal best scores.St Valentine Target

Some notable victories included Marco Costanza (10) winning the U16 category, Stuart McTaggart taking the Senior Gents Barebow title in his first competition without sights! There was stiff competition in the Senior Gents Freestyle category with new member Andy Rix finishing a close second to the eventual winner Paul Maines. Kate Puttergill won the Senior Ladies Freestyle and Kirsten Hill-Nixon taking the Senior Ladies Barebow.

In the Under 12 category there was also some notable scores – Matthew Cannell was the top freestyle junior, Sophia Boulton top compound and Ben Johnson the top barebow archer. Again the scoring was of a high standard and a number of club records were set.

Congratulations to Thea Sneddon, shooting in her first competition she maintained her concentration and discipline to score highly without missing the target.

As per usual the banter on the line was open and funny with many archers being given advise about their shooting!

The decision to hold the competition over two sessions proved to be a great hit which encouraged many more members to take part. The weather held firm throughout the day so no advantage was evident between the two sessions although shooting in the failing light without a GPS signal on the arrows proved challenging towards the end of the day.

Once again thanks to the catering team and other volunteers who helped make the day such a success.

For full details of the results please see the members’ area.